From Evolutionary Psychology, a review of Maddalena Bearzi and Craig B. Stanford's Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins; a review of Agustin Fuentes' Evolution of Human Behavior; and a review of Daniel Lord Smail's On Deep History and the Brain. A review of Screening Sex by Linda Williams. The Netbook Effect: A look at how cheap little laptops hit the big time (and more from Good). Pigou you, too: Will the government get addicted to carbon taxes? Text Me: How electronic reminders can give consumers the right information at the right time. If you’re a defense lobbyist, it might be time to panic: It’s really, really, really difficult to be optimistic about cutting Pentagon waste. A review of On Criticism: Thinking in Action by Noel Carroll. From Eureka Street, an article on art and the Piss Christ umbrella. From New Scientist, a review of Science and Islam: A history by Ehsan Masood; and The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs transformed Western civilization by Jonathan Lyons. So Long, Alex P. Keaton: The millennial generation could pull American politics even further to the left, and for a longer time, than the Reagan generation pulled our politics to the right. A review of Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. Birth control for animals: A scientific approach to limiting the wildlife population explosion.
A new issue of Resurgence is out. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama thinks about the future of American capitalism. An interview of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Black Swans, on the financial crisis. The introduction to The Godfather Doctrine: A Foreign Policy Parable by John C. Hulsman and A. Wess Mitchell and an excerpt from The Myth of American Exceptionalism by Godfrey Hodgson (and a review at Bookforum). A review of Smile Southern California, You're the Center of the Universe: The Economy and People of a Global Region by James Flanigan. From Boston Review, texting toward utopia: Does the Internet spread democracy? Fifty years after it appeared, people are still citing C. P. Snow’s “Two Cultures”, but who really reads it today? A review of On Kindness by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor. From Carnegie Council, an interview with Ann Florini, author of The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New World; and a panel on Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs. Where did all the wealth go? To our kids. An excerpt from The Death of the Animal: A Dialogue. Real capitalists nationalize: Sorry, zombie banks — the laws of the market dictate that we should own your ass. A review of More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City by William Julius Wilson.
From Tikkun, a special issue on Memos to Obama; and it's not going to be ok: Chris Hedges, in discussion with political theorist Sheldon Wolin, presents a pessimistic picture of what is likely to happen in the period ahead as the economic crisis opens up the possibility of fascist responses (and review of Wolin's Democracy Incorporated Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism). From the top rope: WWE puts a kink into dominant political theories — Immanuel Kant never experienced a Kozlov headbutt. From Standpoint, George Weigel on the Pope versus the Vatican; a look at why Catholicism is compatible with capitalism, not the overmighty state; an article on why Adam Smith still matters; and Tim Congdon on the Adam Smith antidote. Life Support: Why Democrats aren't rushing to overturn Bush's abortion restrictions. From New Scientist, an essay on how to survive the coming century; an article on the selfless gene: Rethinking Dawkins's doctrine; and east meets west: How the brain unites us all. The Replacement: Jeffrey Toobin on the rise of Roland Burris. Needed, a fiscal framework not a stimulus: Rather than arguing about the value of taxes or spending, economic planners need to take a systematic long view. Kevin Canfield reviews Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower. A review of Benjamin Disraeli by Adam Kirsch.
From the Journal of Education & Human Development, Larry Barnes (West Texas A&M): Influences and Challenges of Male Gender Construct; and Ya’arit Bokek-Cohen and Nitza Davidowitz (Ariel): Beauty in the Classroom: Are Female Students Influenced by the Physical Appearance of Their Male Professors? From WSWS, an article on Leon Trotsky's The Revolution Betrayed and the fate of the Soviet Union (and part 2). From Standpoint, a look at why Samantha Power is overrated: Obama's Dublin-born foreign policy adviser doesn't like Israel and may wreck Hillary Clinton's work; and why Charles Krauthammer is underrated: The liberal-turned-neocon has a knack of creating phrases which best describe the moment (and David Womersley on why Terry Eagleton is overrated and Gertrude Himmelfarb on why Lionel Trilling is underrated). Paul Collier reviews The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty by Peter Singer (and an interview, and another; and more and more and more and more). What next: Here are 10 ideas changing the world right now. From Utne, reeling on the Right: A liberal-bashing film festival puts this conservative critic to sleep; and conservative cyclists transcend cultural stereotypes: Can’t we all just go for a bike ride? A review of The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging. Parlez vous Globish? Probably, even if you don't know it.
Nancy Fraser (New School): Feminism, Capitalism, and the Cunning of History (doc). From M/C Journal, a special issue on The Revenge of the Still. From TNR, Jonathan Chait on why the Democrats can't govern: Look who's killing Obama's agenda now; let's leave ideology aside for a moment: Is Congress even equipped to handle Obama's ambitious agenda?; William Galston on why Obama needs to focus his agenda if he wants to avoid Jimmy Carter's fate; and Walter Shapiro on why Americans like Big Government — they just don't really know it yet. The United States already resettles more refugees than any other country, but does it owe a special debt to Iraqis? An interview with Luis Moreno Ocampo, the ICC’s lead prosecutor on the Court’s first arrest warrant for a sitting head of state. From Conversations with History, an interview with Martin Wolf on the causes and consequences of the global economic collapse. A review of Hechinger's Field Guide to Ethnic Stereotypes by Curtis and Kevin Hechinger. From PopMatters, one two three excerpts from Apocalypse Jukebox: The End of the World in American Popular Music by Edward Whitelock and David Janssen. Thomas Israel Hopkins reviews Pandora in the Congo by Albert Sanchez Pinol. Watching a mixed-martial-arts event known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship is a sick but seductive experience.
From Cosmos and History, a special issue on "What is Life", including an introduction, Andrew Taggart (Wisconsin): Unbounded Naturalism; Helena N. Knyazeva (RAS): The Riddle of a Human Being: A Human Singularity of Co-evolutionary Processes; Tim Themi (Deakin): How Lacan's Ethics Might Improve Our Understanding of Nietzsche's Critique of Platonism: The Neurosis and Nihilism of a "Life" Against Life; Michael Zimmerman (Colorado): The Singularity: A Crucial Phase in Divine Self-Actualization?; Suzi Adams (Monash): Towards a Post-Phenomenology of Life: Castoriadis' Naturphilosophie; and Murray Code (Guelph): Life, Thought, and Morality: Or, Does Matter Really Matter? A new possibility of life: In their efforts of marketing and conversion, both globalization and the religious are forms of total war disguised as peace. Barbie Latza Nadeau goes behind the co-ed murder scandal. Is it better to get a Pulitzer or the Booker, and does a prize from Barnes & Noble mean more than a Nobel? As cities go from two papers to one, there's talk of zero. Ivars Peterson on rock-paper-scissors for winners. When libertarians cry: Has Pajamas Media betrayed its original mission by going MSM? From PopMatters, a review of a new edition of The Joy of Sex; and it’s only against the red light of "Dirrtiness" that the chastity movement could ever have struck us as fresh.
From Ethics & International Affairs, a roundtable: "Can Democracies Go It Alone?"; a review of Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity by Will Kymlicka; a review of The Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical Liberalism and the Zapatistas by Courtney Jung; a review of Democracy Across Borders: From Demos to Demoi by James Bohman; and a review of The End of the West? Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order. From Culture, an essay on forgetting the obvious: Relearning old lessons from The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi; and you’ve heard plenty about the financial crisis from the economic and political perspectives — what about the financial crisis as a cultural crisis? The end of universal rationality: An interview with Yochai Benkler, author of The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. Relax, rich people: Obama's budget is now in play in Congress, and critics are crying "socialism", but the new taxes are hardly radical. How does the Internet shape the informal process of discussion–public discourse? Joshua Cohen investigates. From McSweeney's, here are selected personals from the American Psychiatric Association's dating website. From Cracked, here are the true stories behind 5 famous WTF images. Here are 20 things you didn't know about time.
From New Statesman, a special issue on 1989: The year of the crowd. From Standpoint, how I rewrote Polish history: Adam Zamoyski on how Poland used to be written off as a failed state, but it has survived Nazism and communism to become a model for Europe; and from Treblinka to Tannenberg, a tour through Eastern Poland uncovers the wreckage of German military might. Few regions have been hit harder by the financial crisis than Eastern Europe, with its exposed economies and young democracies; here are five of the region’s worst basket cases. Stefan Wagstyl on how to annoy someone from central or eastern Europe. From TNR, Danielle Allen reviews Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens by Josiah Ober; and a review of Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism by Paula Fredriksen. A review of Judaism in Biological Perspective: Biblical Lore and Judaic Practices. Colin Fleming reviews The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet by Reif Larsen. From New Scientist, a special section on Tactile Illusions: Seven ways to fool your sense of touch. Terror begins at home: Right-wing militias make handy scapegoats for Democratic presidents. Though the Bacardi distillery is now in Puerto Rico, the family company was Cuban for nearly a century, and the Bacardi family is thinking about making rum there again.